As soon as the Cleveland Cavaliers became legitimate contenders for the championship, each member of the organization had to accept one fact. One way or another, sacrifices have to be made.
From LeBron James taking on the new role of being a mentor to a young squad, to Kyrie Irving letting go of some old habits, and Kevin Love learning how to fit in, the prerequisite to a title was embraced by everyone. When David Blatt was let go, Tyronn Lue had to assume head coaching duties without even bothering to renegotiate a new deal. He basically patrolled the sidelines while being paid as an assistant coach.
Now that they have achieved their goal, the winning mindset does not stop and along with it are more sacrifices. In his recent article for Cleveland.com, Chris Haynes reported that the team’s assistant coaches are currently working without any contracts.
With head coach Tyronn Lue and the Cavaliers having yet to reach an agreement on an extension, his coaching staff — with the exception of Larry Drew and Mike Longabardi — is currently working without contracts, league sources informed Cleveland.com.
It is very likely that they are all going to be compensated eventually, but the way they are committing themselves to the team given the circumstances speaks volumes. Coming off a run like they did, each member of coach Lue’s staff could have easily looked for a bigger role elsewhere, but they chose to stay in Cleveland.
Truth is, these men are the unsung heroes in the Cavs’ championship run. And as early as now, they are leading another wave of sacrifice in hopes of duplicating last season’s success.